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Water Safety

Our Commitment to Water Safety

We are committed to reducing the number of people who drown in the tidal Thames, either accidentally or through suicide.

As a founder member of the Tidal Thames Water Safety Forum, we work alongside HM Coastguard, RNLI, London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police (Marine Policing Unit) and London Ambulance Service.

Together we are working to make the river a safe place for all users, including dog walkers and joggers on the foreshore, who may become stranded due to the river’s fast moving tides, and people visiting riverside pubs and restaurants.
The new Drowning Prevention Strategy for the tidal Thames sets out practical steps to be taken to improve waterside safety for people close to the river.

It includes a call for people from all walks of life to play their part in saving lives, by following safety advice and having the confidence to intervene when they spot someone in crisis, or on the verge of self-harm along the capital’s river.

In 2018, 105 people ended up in the tidal Thames with 30 of those losing their lives.

Through an integrated, collaborative approach, we aim to reduce this by 10 per cent year on year.

We are supportive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s plan to implement measures to make older domestic passenger vessels safer.

The attached briefing highlights why the proposed changes are necessary.